Holy War in Harlem: Pastors Want Al Sharpton Out

Simone Weichselbaum, NY Daily News, October 14, 2013

The prince of the pulpit may have a revolution on his hands.

Four upstart clergymen have invited more than 100 churches to knock Rev. Al Sharpton off his Harlem political throne.

Speak Out Say It Loud, headquartered at Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., is a new coalition of black ministers determined to create a unified African-American power base with citywide clout.

Mount Neboh pastor Johnnie Green, 51, said Sharpton has neglected black New York while pursuing national fame and acclaim.

“While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don’t have money to eat,” the Dallas native said. “People need somebody to fight for them.”

Green, along with pastors Carl Washington of New Mount Zion Baptist Church on W. 140th St., Kris Erskine of Bethany Baptist Church on W. 153rd St. and Patrick Young of First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst, Queens, has planned a large rally for Oct. 24 at Mount Neboh.

The group expects more than 1,500 supporters to attend.

Green and the rally organizers argue that Sharpton has spent too much time plugging his new book, “The Rejected Stone,” and tending to his MSNBC show.

“You have to engage politically. You have to put people in office who will benefit your agenda and benefit people in the congregation,” said Raymond Blanchette, bishop general secretary of the United Churches for Kingdom Building. “Sharpton isn’t a community organizer. He’s a personality.”


“We need to attack the issues, not each other,” Sharpton shot back. “If you want to be the big guy, be the big guy, be that. Don’t act like I’m not doing anything local. I am.”


Sharpton said he continues to advocate for black New Yorkers on issues such as the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

“I run a civil rights organization,” the firebrand said. “They’re not going to do what I do. … I don’t run a church organization.”

But the Speak Out foursome insist the goal is not to rival Sharpton’s 22-year-old, Harlem-based National Action Network, but simply to urge Sharpton to stick to national issues while their coalition takes the lead on local problems.


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  • D.B. Cooper

    Oh please, the Reverend Our Pal Al isn’t going anywhere. It’s all merely lip service. Wait until the next Trayvon is shot and killed trying to rob or rape a white person, and all of the blacks will kiss, makeup, and unite against their common white enemy.

  • Puggg

    “If you want to be the big guy, be the big guy”

    This is what this is really all about. Some of the almost big guys see the big guy with some weaknesses and they’re challenging, just like beta males in a pack of dogs sense that the long time alpha male is aging and weakening.

    This event was held on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd in Harlem. He was just another Sharpton, another hustler, another preacher in it to good and wound up doing well.

    • A power-grab from church-hood gangsters.

      They want to be the ones that “do nothing” and get paid for it.

  • Whitetrashgang

    Well whenever people with IQs of 75 fight I don’t think there are any real winners.

  • Spartacus

    “While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to
    our churches saying they don’t have money to eat,” the Dallas native
    said. “People need somebody to fight for them.”


    Those so-called “people” need to have the decency to sterilize themselves .

  • Luca

    If anyone should be going after Sharpton it should be the American Professional Clowns Association and the Screen Actors Guild. He’s been performing for years without a license and without paying dues for his performances.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Now, I like this!

    • Jesse James

      Too sweet. I would like to make that up in stained glass and hang it in my kitchen window.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Incredible. And hilarious.

    • joesolargenius

      You have obviously been hanging out with Spartacus a lot, this portrait of Black Leadership at it’s finest is a masterpiece of Satirical cynicism.

      • D.B. Cooper

        I’ve been coming to Amren for over a decade now, before we could post avatars.

  • joesolargenius

    I think the real issue here is that they don’t want loudmouth Al to continue getting some of the local donations that they believe should rightly go to them the real so called local leaders. I mean they gotta pay obama care and all now, so they need a bigger slice of the pie. Just for the record in 2009 after obama was elected ,thousands of black people in the greater Los Angeles area marched in the street protesting the invasion of their home turf by illegal aliens ,whom they claimed were not only taking their jobs but openly killing blacks in an attempt to run them out of town. At that same time loudmouth al sharpton chose to follow obamas lead and ignore these Black citizens request for help while instead joining an illegal alien amnesty rally in another part of that same town saying it was a civil rights issue he was supporting , of course he got paid as well.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Just goes to show both black and white leaders are sell outs.

  • borogirl54

    I am not surprised by this, Al Sharpton does what benefits Al Sharpton. Al is too busy looking for the next Tawanna Brawley or Trayvon Martin to care about what happens to blacks in Harlem.

  • Ernest

    Of course Big Al is a charlatan but meanwhile…

    “is a new coalition of black ministers determined to create a unified African-American power base with citywide clout.”

  • Jesse James

    This is just a falling out among thieves.

  • bigone4u

    Let’s help our black “brothers” in their noble cause by boycotting the old fool Sharpton’s TV sponsors. Let’s boycott all NBC programming too, although there’s not much to boycott. I would say boycott MessNBC, but there’s NOTHING to boycott on that deranged channel.

  • 1) Does anyone actually believe these pastors are “holy”?

    2) Does anyone actually believe Al Sharpton is intelligent enough to write a book?

    • Katherine McChesney

      Perhaps they’re like Martin Luther King who called on God while he was engaging in sex with White prostitutes.

  • Brian

    “I run a civil rights organization,”

    Is his mouth a 501(c)(3) now?

  • “While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going
    to our churches saying they don’t have money to eat,” the Dallas native
    said. “People need somebody to fight for them.”

    I guess the concept of getting a job and buying their own food and eating it is alien to them?

    • They’re also too lazy to cook it from scratch. I guess unemployed people are too busy watching TV to prepare good meals from fresh ingredients. We can blame that on either “White Privilege”, “The Edict of Nantes” or the “Defenestration of Prague”; it doesn’t really matter which one of the three you prefer.

    • jackryanvb

      Poor American Blacks – “They don’t have money to eat”

      Illegal alien Mexicans “They’re just trying to put food on their family’s table”.

      The reality is that both population groups are very obese, suffer diabetes.

      Non White poor need to eat less food, not more food.

      • Katherine McChesney

        Leftist, anti-white Tom Hanks admitted to having diabetes. Just thought I’d add it as he is rabidly anti-Conservative.

        • joesolargenius

          Thanks for the info on Tom Hanks but could you direct us to specifics as I want to make certain of why he should be boycotted.

  • Nice Guy


    People should randomly pop-quiz the Reverend on spiritual and Biblical facts, such as, “name one of the corporal works of mercy”, or “name the first five books of the Bible”. And go from there. 🙂

  • blight14

    I submit that the comments after the original article say it all………

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Crabs in a barrel. These sour grapes negroes are jealous of Sharpton. They want to ride on the same money/ media bandwagon he rides. They are trying to put a noble face on base emotions like spite, resentment, and envy.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Peggy Joseph springs to mind. Pathetic and pitiful at the same time.

  • Katherine McChesney

    The green-eyed monster has struck the black community.

    And Calypso Harry Belafonte is suing the King family.

    This could become entertaining.


    Al Sharpton is the very embodiment of Racism. If a white man had conducted himself in the exact same manner, and doing all the things Sharpton has done over the past 3 decades, with the only change being his targeting blacks instead of whites. He would have been imprisoned a very long time ago. I mean hell, this is a man who has literally left dead bodies in his wake due entirely to his racism.

    There was the Jewish man who was stabbed to death by a bunch of black racist goons after leaving a Sharpton rally. Where he worked the crowd into a frenzy against all of New York’s Jewish community because a Jewish man accidentally hit a black child with his car. Blaming an entire race for the actions of one member of that race. Is apparently not a racist concept if, as with all other racial issues, you are either Al Sharpton, or black. ( What’s That You Say, Hypocrisy? Naaaaaaaaaaaa! That’s Not Hypocrisy When Your Black, It’s Called Social Justice Friend! )

    Then there’s the unbelievably horrifying massacre of 7 people by one of Sharpton’s protest goons. Who shot a bunch of people in store then lit it on fire after being worked up into a racist murdering frenzy by the pastor of hate. All because a business owner dared to revoke a lease in a building that he owned to a stupid clothing store which happened to be owned by a black man. That was enough for Sharpton to “march” and “rally” and “protest” ( in other words, to fling his racist hatred around ) until one of his goons murdered a bunch of people in the store.

    He even had the nerve to call the man who owned the store a “white interloper”. Al Sharpton had the asinine nerve to barge in on a situation that was none of his business, just as he still does today. And claim that the multi-decades long owner of the building was some how the interloper in this situation. If Sharpton had been white he would’ve been imprisoned a long time ago. However, since he is black, not only was he not thrown in jail for his many racial hatred crimes. He was given his own TV show to preach his disgustingly racist hatred to the entire nation. Not to mention he’s even been invited to the White House by the Racist in Chief, our very own Affirmative President, Barry Hussein Obongo ( White privilege eh? Surrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre? )